We Are Southwest. Heart Sets Us Apart. Aloha Hawaii.

Southwest Virtual has been a member of the Infinite Flight Community for almost two years. In our time on the forum, we revolutionized the VA category with a new organization that also puts the focus on virtual passengers with our Booking Department and Rapid Rewards program. But our pilots are still the most important aspect of our VA, which is why our top of the line Flight Operations Department gives pilots everything they need to fly as realistically as possible. Whether you are a pilot or a passenger, this is the perfect VA for you!

With the new addition of service to Alaska, Hawaii, and terminated destinations formerly served by AirTran, Southwest Virtual now has flights to and from 127 cities in the United States and 11 other countries. This new service brings our total route count to over 1,400 routes. Traditionally an airline that only serves domestic cities, Southwest Virtual is perfect for pilots who like to fly short to medium haul flights in the North America region. Future service to new cities in this region and Possibly South America will be dependent on pilot demand and compatibility with our current aircraft. Please note that while we fly every route the real SWA offers, some have been added for our pilots and are not flown by SWA.

New Service

Service dba AirTran

AirTran service will be operated using Boeing 717-200 aircraft and Boeing 737-700 aircraft in FL liveries.

Service to Alaska
Service to Alaska from mainland will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Inter-Alaska routes will be operated using Boeing 737-700 aircraft.

Service to Hawaii
Service to Hawaii from mainland and inter-island service will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Crew Bases


Focus Cities

Hubs and focus cities are based on real-world SWA flgiht schedules.

Southwest Virtual Routes
Southwest Virtual Interactive Destination Map

Along with our traditional 737 fleet, we have also added additional aircraft for our AirTran service. This bring our current fleet to the Boeing 717-200, Boeing 737-700, and Boeing 737-800. You can find more information about our fleet below, or on our website and crew center.

Boeing 717-200

Route Assignments: AirTran Service to smaller cities in the Midwest and Northeast.
Liveries: (2): AirTran, AirTran Atlanta Falcon

B712 AirTran

B712 AirTran Atlanta Falcons

Boeing 737-700

Route Assignments: Southwest Airlines and AirTran mainland service.
Liveries: (6): Southwest Heart, Southwest Canyon Blue, Southwest Desert Gold, Southwest Illinois One, Southwest Shamu, AirTran

B737 Shamu

B737 Illinois One

B737 Heart

B737 Desert Gold

B737 Canyon Blue

B737 AirTran

Boeing 737-800

Route Assignments: Southwest Mainland, Pacific, and Inter-Island Service.
Liveries: (2): Southwest Heart (Split Scimitars), Southwest Canyon Blue (Split Scimitars)

B738 Canyon Blue (Split Scimitars)

B738 Heart (Split Scimitars)

Southwest Virtual Fleet Listing
Southwest Virtual Fleet Information

Since the beginning, Southwest Virtual has never been very big on limiting what or where you can fly because of your seniority, rank, or any other reason. As such, while we do have a ranking system, it does not put any stipulations on the routes or aircraft you can fly. It is merely there to quickly determine how many hours you have, and is there for those pilots who like to climb up the ranks. Career Ranks are Trainee through ATP Captain and TopFlight Ranks are from Bronze to Platinum.

Career Ranks

Rank Hours
Trainee 0-7 Hours
Second Officer 7-25 Hours
First Officer 25-50 Hours
Senior First Officer 50-70 Hours
Captain 70-110 Hours
Senior Captain 110-170 Hours
ATP Captain 170-200 Hours

TopFlight Ranks

Rank Hours
Bronze 200-300 Hours
Silver 300-450 Hours
Gold 450-600 Hours
Platinum 600+ Hours

Southwest Virtual Rank Information

With Southwest Virtual, you can book a flight as a passenger, and then watch your flight live in Infinite Flight. To book, simply fill out the form on our website. After you’ve done so, a member from our Booking Department will contact you with a flight itinerary and more details. 24 hours before departure, check in for your flight and receive a boarding pass. Then, watch your flight on LiveFlight or fly alongside your pilot. Finish your flight and repeat!

Example Boarding Pass

You can also book a cargo flight and ship any goods, parcels, or anything else in the cargo hold of the aircraft. Book on our website, get a cargo slip, and drop it off at the airport. Then, watch the aircraft fly and once on the ground, someone you designate can pick it up, or we’ll forward it to a ground deliver service. Like passenger booking, the flight is live in Infinite Flight with a real Southwest Virtual pilot.

Example Cargo Slip

If you are a frequent flyer with Southwest Virtual, you can register for a Rapid Rewards account and earn points for all of the flights you fly. Simply sign up on our website, and a member of our Booking Department will send you a Rapid Rewards card. Then, you can earn points on all of your bookings and receive new benefits as you level up. All of the Rapid Rewards information is available on our website.

Example RR Card

Position Name Contact For
Executive Management Director @CaptJackson Operational inquiries and leadership information
Human Resources Director @Juanca Applications and disciplinary inquiries/issues
Flight Operations Director @Beljany Pilot assistance, ranking, PIREPs and crew center
Booking Director @MJL_Productions Contact for flight status, information, itineraries, and Rapid Rewards

Listed from Fastest to Slowest response

  • PM one of our staff members
  • Send us an email swvirtualif@gmail.com
  • DM us through Instagram @swvirtualif
  • Fill out our contact form

Type Link
Main Website Click here
Booking Website Click here
Crew Center Click here
Instagram Click here
E-Mail swvirtualif@gmail.com
Pilot Folder Click here
Event Schedule Click here
Pilot Handbook Click here
Line Check Procedures Click here

Note: There are several phony Southwest Virtual Instagram accounts. Our only account is @swvirtualif

As a Southwest Virtual pilot, you would be joining one of the Infinite Flight Communities’ most professional, active, and advanced VA. You would operate our fleet of Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 across nearly 45 routes Pre-Global, and 1,000+ routes Post-Global. Our pilots have access to everything they need, including route and fleet information, airport ramp locations, charts, and maps, as well as a dedicated staff team.

  • Must have an active and valid PRO subscription
  • Must have an active Infinite Flight Community Account
  • Be able to pass a Written Exam and a 737 Line Check
  • Have a drama-free past on the IFC and other Infinite Flight-related communities/groups


  • Maintain a professional and realistic manner when flying or interacting on our Slack channel.
  • Respect our rules and regulations as listed in the handbook and other documents.
  • Treat everyone with respect and have a good attitude.
  • File a flight at least once every 7 days.

Southwest Virtual Human Resources Director @Juanca handles all candidates. Please fill out an application, or contact him with any questions regarding the process.

Apply Now

Website | Booking Website | Crew Center | Instagram | Southwest Virtual 2019


Great looking thread… I would suggest using hide details though for some parts, such as career details and staff, it’s quite a read.
Looks great though!


Amazing thread guys! Don’t you think 16 years is a bit much to join?


We put it at 16 mainly because we want more mature pilots. In the past we have had some issues with that.


It is suggested but not required. If you show enough maturity during the application process, we waive that requirement.


Amazing looking thread! Hope to join you guys in the future!


Got my line check this coming weekend! I hope to join this awesome VA then!


We look forward to having you on. Good luck!

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Nice thread! Looks very clean and organized. :)

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If there is one virtual airline that you should join, it is Southwest Virtual. I’m not saying that because I am one of the most active members and have the most Flights, I’m saying that because Southwest Virtual goes above and beyond what is expected of a Virtual Airline. There staff is so open and friendly that you can hold a normal conversation with them at anytime. They also are extremely professional and know what they are doing. @Louie, their events manager, hosts tons of exciting events and group flights within their slack workspace and here on IFC. He is very devoted to his job and always likes to get a good laugh once in a while. Southwest Virtual also has an exceptional crew center ran by @Beljany They have nearly every single route that Southwest Airlines flies filed into the crew center. Lastly, I want to give some luv to its members. The slack server is always extremely active with so many helpful members ready to assist you. They all have the same passion and the same luv for the same exact airline, Southwest. @CaptJackson has transformed Southwest Virtual to even a bigger Virtual Airline than it ever was. Stupendous!


Thank you for the kind words @Plane-Train-TV and your dedication to Southwest Virtual. We enjoy having you on as a pilot and are thankful for all of the hours you put in!


This is the VA I fly the most for

This is the VA I can say are my favorite with flexible policies and rules.
I am proud to say that I have flown so much for this VA that I have achieved a TopFlight rank in this VA :D


This VA is one of the best and most professional on IF! I highly recommend you join because their staff are so kind and open. Also, they have super fun routes and awesome destinations.


We are glad you are having a great time @benny_132!


This VA is great. You never know where you will find a swv pilot because they are everywhere. For example, just going a flight down to khou today and found @Plane-Train-TV coming in to.


💗 welcome back 😃


What’s not to like about Southwest?


This VA is very tempting 👀😂😂 nice thread guys!! I love SWA


SWV-340: Event Organizer
We are pleased to announce that our new Event Organizer is @Kevinsoto1502. He has been a Southwest Virtual pilot since September 2018. In his new role, he will be responsible for planning and executing events on the Infinite Flight Community and on our Slack in group flights and internal events. He will also work with other event creators on the IFC for joint or sponsored events. Be on the lookout for some of his events soon. Welcome to the SWV team Kevin!

Featured Region
To boost activity further and increase our presence on Live Servers and the IFC, we are introducing our region of the month, which will feature an important set of airports in the Southwest Virtual route network. Throughout the month, we will host several events, group flights, and flash flights throughout the region. The idea is designed to bring attention to regions that have played an important part in Southwest’s success and bring pilots to some parts of North America they may not know much about or traveled to since the Global release. Monthly schedules with all events will be released at the beginning of each month.


With that being said, the Caribbean will be our first featured region for 2019. After Southwest’s acquisition of AirTran in 2014, they began their first service outside of the U.S. to several destinations in the Caribbean. They were also one of the first U.S. carriers to resume service to Cuba. This region has proven to be especially important for SWA as they continue to expand their international footprint, not to mention there is some spectacular scenery for us!

Featured Airports

  • Havana, Cuba
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Georgetown, Grand Cayman
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

Our full schedule for the remainder of January will be released early this week. The Race to the Capital series will continue, with featured events taking place on off weeks. @Kevinsoto1502 and @Louie will be hard at work bringing you some great events. Have a great week, be kind to one another, and we hope to see you at some of our events soon.

P.S. Be sure to check out @Georges180305’s event at KLAX sponsored by Southwest Virtual and sign up for a gate!


I just submitted, hoping to join the fun